Shanghai, China – December 1, 2015 – The World Economic Forum Global Shapers Community Shanghai II Hub is excited to announce our first curator transition. Established in late 2014, the Hub has recruited a team of 12 exceptional individuals across the Shanghai community and launched the Shanghai Souls project.
The Hub is just beginning on a mission to connect talented and motivated young leaders to meaningful public service and engagement opportunities to create positive change. Shanghai Souls collected 300 photos of Shanghai culture from 45 professional and amateur photographers. The exhibit on November 19, 2015 attracted over 500 guests and raised nearly $2,000 for Eden Ministries charity, a rehabilitation center for Asia’s red light districts.
By unanimous executive committee decision, Stephany Zoo (US) and Fergus Woodward (NZ) were elected Curator and Incoming Curator, respectively, effective January 1, 2016. Founding Curator Daniel Tedesco remarked, "Steph and Fergus led the way for Shanghai Souls, and have shown deep dedication to the ideals of Global Shapers over the past year. I'm honored for them to join the leadership team and thrilled to support them as they bring our Hub to heights in 2016 and 2017."
The Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum, is a network of Hubs developed and led by young people who are exceptional in their potential, their achievement and their drive to make a contribution to their communities. Through the Global Shapers Community, Shapers are provided with opportunities to connect with the worldwide network of Global Shapers, to network with other World Economic Forum communities, and to represent the voice of youth at World Economic Forum events.
With a background in finance and renewable energy, Fergus believes in the importance of private sector solutions to global challenges. Originally from Wellington, he has studied and worked across France, China, and New Zealand with multinational financial institutions and management consultancies. He is now based in Shanghai where he runs the finance team at a growth-stage solar tech company.
When not designing business and financial models to help scale solar impact, Fergus manages the NGO he co-founded in 2009, Faseu. Faseu funds and constructs renewable energy infrastructure in Papua New Guinea and Fergus' role includes large periods of standing in mud and digging holes in the Papuan jungle.